Thursday, March 21, 2019

Champion Dog Breeders



Ambraw Kennel Dog Captures Show Honors

Dr. B. H. Sisk is a happy man with pride over the achievement of his little Cocker Spaniel, Ch. Ambraw Velvet Crusade. The Ch. before Crusader’s name is quite new because it was only Wednesday that he completed his gathering of points against stiff competition and was declared a champion.

At 16 months, an age when most show dogs are only beginning their show careers, Little Crusader is not only a champion, but the somewhat indifferent father of a litter of six puppies that bid fair to produce some more champions for the Sisk kennels.

Crusader is the son of a champion also. His mother and grandmother both belong to the Sisk kennel.  

The little black Crusader began his career in the show ring in St Louis, then on to Chesterland, Ohio, Spring Lake, Mich., Pontiac, Mich., Birmingham, Ala., and Dallas where he collected enough points to qualify for champion. He was shown by John Banks, professional dog handler of St. Louis. 

Fitting surroundings for such a prominent little dog have recently been completed at the Ambraw Kennels north of town.  Dr. and Mrs. Sisk have had installed concrete runways and Mason fences, a special woven fencing for dog yards. During the past six years the  veterinarian and his wife have established and improved their kennels, until they are now recognized by those who should know as the finest in southern Illinois. Such an establishment is proper for the Sisk line of Cocker Spaniels, as fine a blood line as any in the entire state.


Ed Note:  Ever wonder what dogs your ancestors owned?  We found this ads for Dogs for Sale.

 July 19, 1923 Airedale Pups I have some fine pups, will furnish pedigree, subject to register in American Kennel Club.  Prices right. H. V. Lewis,  Lawrenceville

July, 1924
Collie puppies 2 ½ months old; both male and female H. W. Mahrenholz


January 1925  Rol Davis, R5, Lawrenceville  Fox terrier pups for sale.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pet Hospital of Dr. Sisk Burned 1936


Vincennes Sun Commercial December 18, 1936 

Fourteen valuable dogs were burned to death late Thursday afternoon in a fire of unknown origin which destroyed the Dr. B. H. Sisk dog hospital three miles north of Lawrenceville.  The dogs were valued at $700. 

Mrs. Sisk, attracted from her home by the frantic yipping of the pet dog, went to the hospital and made a heroic but futile, effort to rescue the flame trapped pets.  She received painful burns in her efforts.  

Twelve of the dogs belong to Dr. and Mrs. Sisk. Two of the pets were hospital guests. 

The flames from the burning hospital spread rapidly and threatened to reach the home, but the residence escaped damage.  The destroyed hospital was valued at $300. 

Dr. Sisk was reported to have carried some insurance on both the hospital and dogs.


This is the sign for Dr. B H Sisk, Veterinarian.  It was sold at auction in 2017.  Would the buyer be willing to donate it to the Historical Society?  Just asking.....

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Rabies in the County

November 24, 1911 
 Charles Mahan, a son-in-law of Philip Good, living 9 miles from Vincennes near Centerville, recently had the misfortune to have a mad dog raid his stock with heavy losses. The frenzied canine did not cease till it had bitten a fine two-year-old mare, a valuable Jersey cow, and nine hogs. All had to be killed. The dog, a strange cur, without an owner, was overtaken at John Crews and slain. Mr. Mahan’s loss was a severe one and no recourse can be had for the damages.



 March 12, 1943 Vincennes Sun Commercial 
Four persons in the southern part of the county have been bitten by a dog later found to have rabies and health officials  indicated a quarantine may be necessary in the area west of St Francisville. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Dager, James Worth and Worth’s 10-year old son were all bitten by the dog on their place five miles west of St Francisville Saturday afternoon.

The dog was killed and taken to Dr. B. H. Sisk, state veterinarian, who sent the head of the animal to the state laboratories for analysis.  A telegram in return informed him that the dog had been infected.  

Some difficulty was experienced in securing treatment for the victims but Dr. Snider, their physician, said Thursday that medicines had been received and administered.

Dr. Sisk cautioned all residents of the area to keep animals penned up for three weeks or more as the  dog had been known to have bitten several other dogs and some livestock before it was killed.  

An outbreak of rabies in the area is feared unless sources can be detected and cleaned out.  If necessary, Dr. Sisk said, a quarantine will be placed on the entire area.


And again in 1958...

Dr. B. H. Sisk informed the Lawrence County Board of Supervisors January 5, 1958, that at least three persons in Lawrence County had been bitten by stray rabid dogs.  He added that the county treasurer has a fund of $600 for impounding stray dogs.  The veterinarian urged the supervisors to take some action in this matter.  Dr. Sisk noted the change in the Illinois law that requires dog owners to give shots to pets from January 1 to December 31. The board did not take any action on this subject.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Local Teacher Receives Message from Admiral Byrd 1934


The Portonian, Vol. XII, No. 14, April 25, 1934

LOCAL TEACHER GETS RADIO MESSAGE FROM ADMIRAL BYRD

    Miss Mildred Benefiel, teacher of General Science, Bridgeport Township High School, this week received a personal message, via the Mackay Radio and Telegraph Company, from Admiral Byrd at his South Polar headquarters at Little America, Antarctica, expressing his delight at her enrollment of her entire class in the Little Aviation and Exploration Club and promising that some interesting scientific data now being accumulated by the Expedition will be sent to her pupils, through the club, in the near future.

    The Little America Aviation and Exploration Club is a nation-wide organization of people interested in aviation, exploration and adventure.  It was organized at Admiral Byrd’s suggestion to further the development of aviation and interest in exploration.  Every week the club sends out a story received directly from its president at Little America, C. A. Abele, Jr., a young college graduate who is the first person to receive aviation training on the South Polar ice caps.  Many local people besides those in this Science class have joined the club, which is unique in that membership costs nothing, there being no initiation fee or dues and the only requirements being a self-addressed stamped envelope sent to the club headquarters at the Hotel Lexington, 48th Street and Lexington Ave;, New Your City, from which membership cards, a handsome map of the South Polar regions and other things are sent to club members.

    The complete message to Miss Benefiel read as follows: “Delighted to enroll your students in Little America Club to encourage interest in aviation and science of exploration.  We are accumulating valuable date for distribution to you through the club in near future.  Your interest in our work much appreciated.”  


(Ed Note:)Thanks to Kaye F for researching and transcribing interesting articles found in the early  BTHS newsletters.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Textile Collection


These photographs are taken of the textile room at the research library.  The archival boxes hold wedding dresses, hats, accessories, and other vintage clothing items. Every item has a number, and the information about it is placed in the computerized inventory program.  A photograph is taken as well.  If you would like a tour, just stop by M, W or F  9-12. If you are considering donating vintage clothing, make an appointment to discuss this with N King and K Fisher.

In response for assistance in identifying some businesses A Dale thinks one of them was Leighty Brothers grocery business. One of the brothers was Roger. 

R Peneton agreed: Leighty Brothers, wholesale grocery at 14th & Lexington L'ville. One of their big sellers was Milnot, they ordered it by railroad car loads for having the best price.  Leighty Brothers also owned Hudson Supermarket on south 12th St. where the Senior Citizens Center is located. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Double R Hatchery


Geraldine  Saitherwaite reported in one of her books, that the Double R Hatchery had built a new building at 113 15th St in Lawrenceville, and opened for business on February 16, 1928.  This was a  branch business of the Double R Hatchery in Olney. The building cost a sum of $3000. The store contained a Smith incubator for hatching 48,000 baby chicks at a cost of $6000.  Grace and Ray Jared were the operators, from Olney.  In 1937 Leland Jared was operating the business and built a new home on the north side of the hatchery.  Later, Meadow Gold Dairy products were delivered from this location and even later, the K. L. Brunson Construction Company operated from this building, and then a store sold carpet there. 

More research is needed to verify the location but another researcher found evidence that the Double R Hatcheries did operate in Lawrenceville.  Originally the business was located beside Oldendorf's Music Store, that, in 1928, was located opposite the Post Office in Lawrenceville. (This was not where the post office is now, but on 12th Street, across and north from the History Center.) This had to be before the Hatchery built their new building, if Geraldine was correct. 

However, in 1928, a newspaper ad stated that the Double R would hatch eggs for farmers from the farmer’s own hens, for $3.00 per tray of 136 eggs on any Tuesday or Saturday. This would correspond with the date the new building was constructed, and the inclusion of the large incubator. 

In 1929, the Dept of Agriculture reported that 62,625 baby chicks were purchased to raise on 337 farms in Lawrence County the year before.  That's a lot of baby chickens. They weren't all sold at Double R, probably, because there were also poultry houses in Sumner, Bridgeport, and St. Francisville, although the dates of operation for these businesses have not yet been determined.   

Since 1918, baby chicks could be sent to buyers through the U.S. Post Office, so maybe some of these little ones were shipped out of the county.  The ad that was found in a 1930 Farm Bureau newsletter say that if you bought  less than 100 chicks, the price will be one cent higher.   Parcel Post charges were extra.

The Hatchery sold a variety of breeds. (Who doesn't remember going to the Lawrence County Fair and seeing all the colorful chickens at the Poultry exhibit house?)  The most expensive breeds sold were the Buff Orphingtons, the R C Rhode Island Whites, the White and Silver Laced Wyandottes, and the R.C. Reds. One hundred of these baby chicks cost $13.50.  Barred Rocks, S C Red, Black Menorcas were $12.50 per hundred, while one could buy one hundred S. C. White and Brown Leghorns, as well as Anconas for only $11.00. (If you aren't up on your chicken breeds, just google for color images.) 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Flour Mill on Dubois Street

This is an early photograph of the flour mill that was located on Dubois Street in Lawrenceville.